Church History

Events

Pentecost

Approx. 33 AD

The night the Holy Spirit came down on the Apostles to give them the knowledge they need to spread the word of God.

Ressurection

33 AD

The day Jesus rose from the dead.

Ascension

33 AD

Jesus rose up to heaven and watches over us while we wait for the second coming.

Edict of Milan

313

The Edict of Milan is a proclamation that permanently established religious toleration for Christianity within the Roman Empire.

Great Schism

1054

The Great Schism was the break of communion between what are now the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches, which has lasted since the 11th century.

Protestant Reformation

1517 - 1648

The Protestant Reformation was a schism from the Roman Catholic Church initiated by Martin Luther. The Reformation brought many persecutions to the Protestants and all the breakaways

Papacy of Pope John Paul II

1978

The day Pope John Paul II sworn in as Pope.

Papacy of Pope Francis

March 13, 2013

The day Pope Francis sworn in as Pope

Church Councils

Council of Nicaea

325 AD

First Ecumenical Council meeting in ancient Nicaea.

Council of Constantinople

381 AD

The First Council of Constantinople was a council of Christian bishops convened in Constantinople in AD 381 by the Roman Emperor Theodosius I

Council of Ephesus

431 AD

The Council of Ephesus was a council of Christian bishops convened in Ephesus (near present-day Selçuk in Turkey)

Council of Chalcedon

451 AD

The Council is numbered as the fourth ecumenical council by the Great Church. A minority of Christians do not agree with the council's teachings.

Council of Trent

1545 AD - 1563 AD

One of the Roman Catholic Church's most important ecumenical councils. Prompted by the Protestant Reformation, it has been described as the embodiment of the Counter-Reformation.

First Vatican Council

1869 AD - 1870 AD

Twentieth ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church. Convened by Pope Pius IX to refute various contemporary ideas associated with the rise of liberalism and materialism.

Second Vatican Council

1962 AD - 1965 AD

21st ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church , announced by Pope John XXIII on Jan. 25, 1959. As a means of spiritual renewal for the church and as an occasion for Christians separated from Rome to join in search for reunion.

Saints and Doctors of the Church

Birthday of St. Brigid

453 AD

Born in Faughart, Dundalk, Ireland (in modern County Louth)

St. Brigid Death

524

524 (age about 70) Kildare, Ireland.

St Gregory of Narek

951 AD - 1003 AD

Gregory of Narek was an Armenian monk, poet, mystical philosopher, theologian and saint of the Armenian Apostolic Church and Catholic Church, born into a family of writers.

Birthday of Thomas Aquinas

1225

Born in Roccasecca, Italy in the year 1225. And he was an Italian Dominican friar, Catholic priest, and Doctor of the Church.

Thomas Aquinas Death

March 7, 1274

Thomas Aquinas died on March 7, 1274 in Fossanova Abbey, Priverno, Italy.

St. Thomas More Life

Feb. 7, 1478 - July 6, 1535

St. Thomas Moreis known for his untimely death in 1535, after refusing to acknowledge King Henry VIII as head of the Church of England. He was canonized by the Catholic Church as a saint in 1935.

St John of Avila

January 6, 1499 - May 10, 1569

ohn of Ávila was a Spanish priest, preacher, scholastic author, and religious mystic, who has been declared a saint and Doctor of the Church by the Catholic Church.

Bishop John Neumann

March 28, 1811 - January 5, 1860

John Neumann was a priest and the Bishop of Philadelphia and he also founded the US Diocesan Catholic school system.

Father Damien DeVeuster

January 3, 1840 - April 15, 1889

He served a leper colony in Hawaii and then died from his dangerous work.

Beautification date of Thomas More

1886

Canonization of Thomas More

1935

Canonized by the Catholic Church.